Hong Kong is situated on the southeast coast of China at the mouth of the Pearl River facing the South China Sea. Covering an area of 1,104 square kilometres (425 square miles), the territory is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories.
More than 7 million
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International Calling Code
Dial +852 to call a Hong Kong number from overseas. There are no regional codes.
Hong Kong has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons. Typhoon season is May to November. When a typhoon is approaching, warnings are broadcast on TV and radio, and signals indicate its significance, the latest position and expected movement of the centre of the tropical cyclone, information on the wind strength, rainfall and sea level in the territory. When typhoon signal 8 is hoisted, businesses and shops close down and flights may be cancelled. There is a separate warning for heavy rain.
- Spring | March to May
Temperature and humidity are rising. Evenings can be cool.
- Summer | June to August
Hot, humid and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The temperture can exceed 31°C.
- Autumn | September to November
There are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard these as the best months of the year to visit Hong Kong.
- Winter | December to February
Cool, dry and cloudy, with occasional cold fronts. The temperature can drop below 10°C in urban areas.
The Hong Kong Observatory provides details of the average monthly temperature and rainfall on its website.
Cantonese is the Chinese dialect spoken by over 88% of the people in Hong Kong. However, English is widely used in the Govenrment and by the legal, professional and business sectors as well as tourist areas. Most taxi drivers and salespeople are able to communicate in English.
The legal tender is the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), which is linked to the US dollar at a rate of about 7.80 HKD to 1 USD, although exchange rates may fluctuate slightly.
- Octopus Card
The Octopus card is a stored value electronic card widely used in Hong Kong for public transport, purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, cake shops and vending machines, etc.
- Traveller's Cheques & Credit Cards
Traveller's cheques are accepted by leading banks and hotels.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, automatic sensors will take your temperature at the Hong Kong International Airport and boundary control points, and if it is high, you will be required to have a quick health check.
As an international city, Hong Kong has world-class hospitals providing outstanding care. Visitors can use the Accident and Emergency services in Hong Kong public hospitals, the medical services provided by the Hospital Authority are charged as per the Gazette, please click here for more information.
We highly recommended visitor to take out the medical and personal accident insurance in your own country for a visit to HK.
In emergency situations, you can contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department and other emergency services by calling 999.
|Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance)
|Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Hotline (multilingual)
|Hong Kong International Airport
|Hong Kong Immigration Department
|Department of Health
|RTHK's service hotline (Newsline) for the latest news
|Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong
|Customs and Excise Department Enquiry Hotline
|Weather (Hong Kong Observatory)
|Hong Kong Hotels Association Hotel Reservation Hotline
||2383 8380 / 2769 8822
|International Enquiries Service
(Country Codes & World Time Inquiries)
Source of information:
Hong Kong Tourism Board | visit www.discoverhongkong.com for more information.